While CBD plays an important role in health and wellness benefits, it appears to get a boost from other important molecules from the hemp and cannabis plant. This is due partly, to the complexity of the endocannabinoid system. The combination of CBD and its molecular friends such as THC, CBG, CBN, CBC, terpenes and flavonoids, just to name a few, creates what is known as the “entourage effect” and experts believe that this synergistic combination can provide the best health results.
Why would some people prefer a combination of THC and other medical molecules along with CBD? It all depends upon the symptoms or conditions being treated. For instance, CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory by itself. On the other hand, THC has greater pain-reducing abilities. By combining both, the individual gets anti-inflammatory benefits as well as greater pain relief.
Another benefit of the entourage effect is that CBD has shown to reduce the effects of THC, in other words, it reduces the high feelings produced by pure THC. Many people want the relief without the high and this can be achieved through a combination of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.
In his book, CBD: What You Need to Know, Dr. Gregory L. Smith states: “The presence of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes actually makes for a more natural effect on the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).” Depending upon the severity of symptoms, individuals may opt for a mixture containing a greater percentage of THC over CBD and vice-versa.
For everyday aches and pain, stress and general well-being, many studies have indicated that CBD can be effective. For more complex medical conditions, a combination of THC and other cannabinoids may be more beneficial. So people have a choice – CBD by itself or a combination to achieve the entourage effect.